A dodgy dossier? How News Corp hyped a US government reading list into a China coronavirus ‘bombshell’
A Murdoch media exclusive about China covering up the origin of Covid-19 appears to be based on an unclassified US state department reference paper
It was touted as a world exclusive – a “bombshell dossier” that exposed China’s “batty science” and backed up Donald Trump and US claims that Beijing was covering up the true origin of Covid-19.
Rupert Murdoch’s Sydney tabloid, the Daily Telegraph, went big with a Saturday morning splash and six pages of reporting attributed to “a dossier prepared by concerned western governments” – and the story was quickly amplified and exaggerated by Trump’s media backers in the United States.